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CHECKLISTS OF THE SNAKES OF SRI LANKA

Scientific Name 

English Name

Sinhala Name

Tamil Name 

CLASS: REPTILIA (SNAKES)
ORDER: SERPENTES

Family: TYPHLOPIDAE

   Ramphotyphlops braminus Common blind snake Damuta kanualla Manallay pambu
* Typhlops ceylonicus NA NA NA 
* Typhlops lankaensis NA  NA NA
* Typhlops leucomelas Pied typhlops Kabara kanualla NA
* Typhlops malcolmi  NA NA NA 
* Typhlops mirus Jan's blind snake Heenkanaulla NA
  Typhlops porrectus NA NA NA
* Typhlops tenebrarum NA NA NA
* Typhlops veddae NA NA NA
* Typhlops violaceus NA  NA NA
Family: UROPELTIDAE
*Cylindrophis maculatus  Pipe snake Depath naya, Wataulla NA 
*Platyplecturus madurensis NA NA NA
*Pseudotyphlops philippinus Large shield snake Maha bim ulla Manallay pambu
*Rhinophis blythi Blyth's earth snake  Gomarathudulla NA 
*Rhinophis dorsimaculatus NA NA NA 
*Rhinophis drummondhayi snake Drummond-Hay's earth Thapothudulla NA
*Rhinophis oxyrhynchus snake Schneider's earth Ulthudulla  NA
*Rhinophis philippinus Peter's earth snake NA NA 
*Rhinophis porrectus Willey's earth snake Digthudulla NA
*Rhinophis punctatus Muller's earth snake Ticthudulla NA
*Rhinophis trevelyanus Trevelyan's earth Depath-thudulla NA
*Rhinophis tricolorata NA NA NA 
*Uropeltis melanogaster Gray's earth snake Kaluwakatulla NA 
*Uropeltis phillipsi Phillip's earth snake Iriwakatulla NA
*Uropeltis ruhunae NA NA  NA
Family: BOIDAE 
*Eryx conicus brevis Sand boa Vali pimbura 
Kota pimbura 
Munn pudeyan
Python molurus molurus Indian python  Pimbura Periya pambu
Family: ACROCHORDUS 
Acrochordus granulatus Wart snake 
Cloth snake
Diya goya 
Redi naya
NA
Family: COLUBRIDAE
Ahaetulla nasuta  Green vine snake Ahaetulla Kan kuthi pambu 
Ahaetulla pulverulenta  Thunderbolt snake Henakandaya NA
Amphiesma stolata Buff stripped keelback Aharukuka  Nikitan kutti 
Argyrogena fasciolata Banded racer Wal gerandiya Wahdu kalipambu
*Aspidura brachyorrhos Boie's rough-side Le madilla NA
*Aspidura copei Cope's rough-side Kalu medilla NA
*Aspidura deraniyagalae Deraniyagala's rough-side Kalu medilla NA
*Aspidura drummondhayi Drummond-Hay's rough-side Keti wal medilla NA
*Aspidura guentheri Guenther's rough-side Kudamadilla NA 
*Aspidura trachyprocta Common rough-side Dalawa madilla  NA 
Atretium schistosum Olive keelback Diyawarna Pachai thanni 
*Balanophis ceylonensis Blossom krait  Mal karawala NA 
*Boiga barnesi Barne's catsnake Panduru mapila  NA 
Boiga ceylonensis Sri Lanka catsnake Nidi mapila NA 
Boiga forsteni Forsten's catsnake  Le mapila Poonai pambu 
Boiga trigonata trigonata Common catsnake Ran mapila  NA
Cerberus rhynchops rhynchops Dog-faced watersnake Kuna diya kaluwa Uppa-Ar pambu
*Cercaspis carinatus Sri Lanka wolf snake Dhara karawala NA
Chrysopelea ornata ornata Ornate flying snake Polmal karawala Parrakum pambu 
*Chrysopelea taprobanica NA Dangara danda NA 
Dendrelaphis bifrenalis Boulenger's bronze-back Haldanda Komberimuka 
Dendrelaphis caudolineolatus Gunther's bonze-back Viri haldanda Komberimuken 
*Dendrelaphis oliveri Oliver's bronze-back NA NA 
Dendrelaphis tristis Common bronze-back Tura haldanda Komberimukan
Dryocalamus gracilis Scarce bridal snake Megata karawala Katlawarian
Dryocalamus nympha Bridal snake Geta karawala Katlawarian 
Elaphe helena Trinket snake Katakaluwa Kattu pambu 
Gerarda prevostiana Gerard's water snake NA NA 
*Haplocercus ceylonensis Mould snake Kurunkarawala NA 
Liopeltis calamaria Reed snake  Punbariya NA 
Lycodon aulicus Wolf snake Alu polonga Vala panayan
*Lycodon striatus sinhaleyus Shaw's wolf snake Kabara radanakaya Utha surita 
Macropisthodon plumbicolor Green keelback Palabariya  Pachcha naga 
Oligodon arnensis Common kukri snake Arani dath ketiya Kattu viriyan
*Oligodon calamarius Templeton's kukri snake Kabara dath ketiya NA
*Oligodon sublineatus Dumeril's kukri snake Pulli dath ketiya NA 
*Oligodon taeniolatus ceylonicus Varigated kukri snake Wairi dath ketiya NA
Oligodon taenioloatus fasciatus Russell's kukri snake Pulli dath ketiya  NA 
Ptyas mucosus Rat snake Gerandiya Saray pambu 
Sibynophis subpunctatus Jerdon's polyodent Dathigomaraya NA
*Xenochrophis asperrimus Checkered keelback Diya bariya Tanni pambu
Xenochrophis piscator  Checkered keelback Diya bariya Tanni pambu 
Family: ELAPIDAE
Bungarus caeruleus  Indian krait  Thel karawala Yennai virian 
*Bungarus ceylonicus Ceylon krait  Madu karawala Yennai virian 
*Calliophis melanurus sinhaleyus Ceylon coral snake Depath kaluwa NA 
Naja naja naja Indian cobra  Naya  Nalla pambu
Family: HYDROPHIIDAE
Hydrophis bituberculatus Peter's sea snake NA  NA 
Hydrophis lapemoides NA  NA  NA 
Hydrophis ornatus ornatus Gray's sea snake Muhudu naya NA
Hydrophis stricticollis Gunther's sea snake NA  NA 
Hydrophis (Disteira)schistosa Hook-nosed snake Valakkadiya Vallakkadiyan 
Hydrophis (Disteira)stokesi Stoke's sea snake Maha valakkadiya  NA 
Hydrophis gracilis John's sea snake  Mudu naya Milagu kadiyan 
Hydrophis (Leioselasma)cyanocinctus Chittul NA  NA 
Hydrophis (Leioselasma) spiralis Narrow banded sea snake Mudhu naya Kadel nagam 
Kerilia jerdoni jerdoni Jerdon's sea snake Muhudu naya Shiddil 
Lapemis curtus Shaw's sea snake NA Potai pambu
Lapemis viperinus Schmidt's sea snake NA NA 
Pelamis platurus Yellow bellied sea snake Badakaha muhudu naya  NA 
Family:VIPERIDAE
Echis carinatus carinatus Saw-scaled viper Vali polonga  Surattai pambu 
Hypnale hypnale Merrem's hump-nosed viper Kunakatuwa Kopi viriyan 
*Hypnale nepa Millard's hump-nosed viper Mukalan thelissa Viriyan pambu 
*Hypnale walli Gloyd's hump-nosed viper  Kuda mukalan thelissa  NA 
*Trimeresurus trigonocephalus Green pit viper Pala polonga Pachi viriyan 
*Vipera russelli pulchella Russell's viper Tith polonga Kannadi viriyan 
* species endemic to (only found in) Sri Lanka
VISION: To help protect and conserve the diminishing biodiversity of Sri Lanka and to make the local and international community aware of its endangered status.
MISSION:
To enable communities to balance ecosystem protection and economic development by pioneering a model for sustainable conservation.
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